A Florida federal judge on Tuesday denied a Miami businessman's bid to dismiss or disqualify the prosecution team in a $1 billion health care fraud case against him, but despite criticizing federal prosecutors' and agents' performance, the court rejected a magistrate's findings that they had acted in bad faith.
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Judge Won't DQ Fla. Prosecutors In $1B Health Fraud Case

A Florida federal judge on Tuesday denied a Miami businessman's bid to dismiss or disqualify the prosecution team in a $1 billion health care fraud case against him, but despite criticizing federal prosecutors' and agents' performance, the court rejected a magistrate's findings that they had acted in bad faith. Read full article »

LITIGATION

Fla. Ford Dealer Agrees To $4.8M Robocalls Settlement

A Ford dealership and the recipients of its unwanted automated advertising messages reached a preliminary $4.8 million settlement in a proposed class action accusing it of violating federal communications law, according to a motion filed in Florida federal court Tuesday. Read full article »

Pa. Band ‘Church Girls’ Can’t Duck Trademark Counterclaim

A Pennsylvania indie rock band suing over the name “Church Girls” can’t shake an identically named Florida band’s counterclaim that the Philadelphia-based group knew about its counterpart when it registered a trademark for the name, a Florida federal judge ruled Tuesday. Read full article »

Timeshare Co. Fights Attys' Bid To Withdraw From Suit

Timeshare resort company Orange Lake Country Club Inc. has urged a Florida federal court to deny two attorneys' request to withdraw as counsel to a lawyer mired in the company's suit claiming illegal interference in its contracts, saying the pair have too much unfinished business in court. Read full article »

Ex-NFL Player Fights Bid To Trim Disability Benefits Suit

Former NFL player Tyrone Keys is fighting an effort from league benefit plans to trim the majority of an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit he filed after they tried to claw back about $831,000 in disability payments, saying he has properly backed his claims. Read full article »

DEALS

3 Firms Steer $360M Sabre Deal For Travel Tech Co. Farelogix

Travel-focused technology company Sabre Corp. on Wednesday said it will buy private-equity backed tech firm Farelogix in a $360 million deal, with Hogan Lovells US LLP and Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider steering the buyer and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP guiding the Miami-based seller. Read full article »

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Real Estate Rumors: MTA, Moses & Singer, First Industrial

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is reportedly buying New York's Grand Central Terminal and two train lines for $35 million, Moses & Singer is said to have renewed its lease in New York's Chrysler Building, and REIT First Industrial has reportedly picked up a Florida site for $8.7 million. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Don't Panic: Harvey Doesn't Alter Florida's Bad Faith Standard

Despite the Florida Supreme Court’s consistency with 80 years of precedent in its latest bad faith ruling, Harvey v. Geico, the dissenting opinions — and recent commentary — predict that “mere negligence has now become bad faith” and warn of fabricated claims and market chaos. Stephen Marino and Benjamin Hassebrock of Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin PA disagree. Read full article »

Energy, Environment And The Elections: A Changed Mosaic

Last week's midterm elections changed the regulatory landscape for energy and the environment in three subtle yet significant ways, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Read full article »

Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

In Leap To Plaintiffs Boutique, Munger Vet Makes Rare Move

It's uncommon for attorneys to jump from the world of defending corporations in bet-the-company litigation to pursuing those same suits, but former Munger Tolles & Olson LLP partner Marc Dworsky has made that 180-degree turn and says he's thrilled with the decision. Read full article »

5 Law Firms Named The Savviest At Social Media Marketing

Five BigLaw firms have been named the savviest at social media marketing this year in a report released Wednesday that compares the Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and online thought-leadership skills of the largest firms in the United States. Read full article »

Most Law Firms' Cybersecurity Not Up To Par As Risk Grows

Most law firms are underprepared for cybersecurity threats, despite a sharp spike in cyberattacks against the industry in 2017, according to a new report from information technology consulting firm LogicForce.  Read full article »

White & Case Revamped Parental Leave Policy For 2018

White & Case LLP rolled out a new parental leave policy in 2018 for its U.S. offices that offers 12 weeks of paid leave to all legal and business employees regardless of their gender, the firm confirmed on Wednesday. Read full article »

9th Circ. Creates New Role To Tackle Workplace Harassment

In a first for the federal judiciary, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has created the new position of director of workplace relations to confront workplace harassment issues in the appellate, trial and bankruptcy courts within the circuit’s jurisdiction. Read full article »

Ex-Dewey Exec Trying To Ax $1M Fine Deserves Jail, DA Says

Counsel for Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP's former chief financial officer will square off Thursday in Manhattan with prosecutors who claim the ex-executive should be jailed after asking a New York state judge to toss or reduce the $1 million fine he was sentenced to pay following his fraud conviction last year. Read full article »

Law Firm Leaders: Brownstein Hyatt's Adam J. Agron

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP managing partner Adam J. Agron spoke to Law360 in the final year of his six-year tenure as firm leader about the challenges facing the legal industry and why he believes the Denver-based firm is well positioned to grow its success. Read full article »

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